Serena and Kevin's Mysterymoon
Collected by Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
For our honeymoon, Kevin and I wanted to go with the flow and experience the unexpected; the more random the destination the better. So we enlisted our travel agent friend to book flights in and out of an undisclosed location and secure accommodation for the first night. We exchanged a flight budget and dates for a white envelope that we vowed not to open until we arrived at the Sydney Airport. Here's where we ended up.
Teluk Bakau, Gunung Kijang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia
The second you step off the boat and onto the sands of Nikoi Island, relaxation hits. After being escorted to a thatched roof bar, where you're handed a cold scented towel and tropical fruit juice to recharge while filling out check-in paperwork,...
Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia
You'll find it in the guide book, but there's probably no better view of Penang than from the top of Penang Hill. Check the schedule beforehand (we wish we had) to catch the first train in time for sunrise. (There's a pretty easy bus that takes...
Pantai Kerachut, Penang, Malaysia
Roughly an hour from George Town by bus, Penang National Park is a natural treasure in the northwest corner of the island of Penang. It was the first area legally declared a national park in Malaysia (in 2003) and today offers adventurous...
23, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Representing five different architectural styles, the oldest dating to the 1800s, 23 Love Lane mixes historic bones with antique and contemporary furnishings as well as paintings by Malaysian artists. Each of the 11 rooms at this historic George...
75200 Malacca, Malaysia
Every Friday and Saturday night, the main road in Melaka's Chinatown—Jonker Street—hosts a happening night market that's popular among locals and visitors. Besides its energy and over-the-top karaoke sessions, the main reason to come is for the...
101, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Don't let the pungent odor of shrimp paste scare you off. Nancy's Kitchen is one of the best places in Malaysia to try traditional Nyonya cuisine, a Chinese-Asian fusion rich in spices, noodles, and chillies. The setting is simple and...
25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Built in the 1600s and still standing after Portuguese, Dutch, British and now Malaysian rule, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka is one of the oldest and finest examples of a traditional Chinese place of worship. The rooftop is colorful and...
45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Opened in 1999, the Singapore City Gallery tells the story of how Singapore transformed from a muddy backwater into the modern and sustainable metropolis we see today. Interactive displays reveal the history of the various districts, the unique...
Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Yoga Perkanthi Lane, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
With its smoky air, bustling energy, and beachside line-up of grilled seafood restaurants, eating at Jimbaran Bay is a unique dining experience. Choosing Nyoman Cafe from the myriad of restaurant options, we sat at our table front and center on...